Best Bars in Fitzroy

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Whatever kind of drink or environment you're after, Fitzroy has it. The streets are dotted with sharp wine bars, dozens of great pubs, two of the best cocktail bars in the world, a whisky specialist with table service and of course, a plethora of small, unpretentious bars. And the best bit? They’re all walking distance from one another.

  • This cocktail bar's eye for detail is second to none – it even has an in-house ice company to ensure every drink gets the perfect block.

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  • This suave cocktail bar is consistently recognised in global polls, and for good reason. There's no drink the staff here can't make to perfection.

  • The first bar in Melbourne – and still the best – to ditch all international spirits in favour of a 100 per cent Australian list.

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  • A comfortable and understated local pub with live music.

  • Locals get a little misty-eyed when you mention the Napier, such is the respect for this backstreet corner pub. Decked out in pressed metal and a hodgepodge of Australiana kitsch, it’s the kind of local every suburb should have. The menu here is pure comfort, and the daily specials often hit double digits.

  • This jazzy Fitzroy 30-seater blends Japanese izakaya, craft sake bar and record store.

  • Like drinking at your cool grandma’s house.

  • An easygoing cocktail bar from two former nightclub bartenders. With local brewers on tap and syrups brewed in-house.

  • Pinball machines, table tennis, pool and bocce with decent cocktails? Believe it.

  • A north-side iteration of the Port Melbourne wine bar.

  • This Brunswick Street institution has been mixing cocktails for two decades, and it has just as much character as you'd expect.

  • This classic pub – which has stood on its corner for over 150 years – is one of Melbourne's best. The three-level hotel is the ideal place for a good feed or a knock-off pint in the sun, whether you're downstairs in the front bar, upstairs in the dining room, or soaking in rays on the rooftop.

  • Naked In The Sky is where you bring friends from out of town. Sure, there’s always a crowd, not to mention the added uncertainty of actually getting a seat. But this place has some truly gobsmacking panoramas of the city that are absolutely worth showing off. The excellent food and drinks are just a bonus.

  • A whisky bar with 300-plus rare bottles, including one-off releases never to be made again.

  • True to its name, this ’80s-referencing, queer-friendly, vegan-leaning American diner packs a nightclub-quality soundsystem and a mezzanine DJ booth. Drag trivia and bingo are held regularly here, alongside glitzy techno and pop parties.

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  • Cocktails, fine liquor, obscure beer and sport aren’t obvious bedfellows, but it works here.

  • A local’s bar for locals and visitors alike.

  • A neighbourhood favourite that isn’t hampered by its small kitchen. Instead, this buzzing wine bar sends out Mediterranean-inspired bar snacks, larger seafood share plates and complementary sides. Squeeze in a cocktail during happy hour – every day until 7pm.

  • An unpretentious spot for great beer, live music and authentic Philly cheesesteaks.

  • This taqueria is a simple kind of place, with just two beers on tap and tunes spinning away on the turntables behind the bar. Local hospitality workers like to stick their heads in for a quick chat and a taco before their shift. It’s open until late on weekends, so many return for a wind-down drink after work too.

  • A live music staple in the centre of Fitzroy.

  • Perched high above Hotel Fitzroy, this timber-clad bar is the perfect place to kick off an evening on Brunswick Street. The cocktail list is classic, the wines are affordable and Ichi Ni Nana downstairs will ferry sushi and Japanese pub-style snacks to your table.

  • Choose from 1500 beers to take home, or drink in and match with a cheese plate

  • Not even a devastating fire could keep down this Fitzroy institution, once known as Bimbo Deluxe. DJs, cheap pizza and good times are still the name of the game here.

  • The proverbial rose between thorns, Fitzroy’s oldest pub is one for the old guard and the new. You’ll find footy fans gathered around the TV in the bar on game days, amid walls lined with AFL memorabilia. When the vibe is right, it feels like you’ve got 100 mates, 16 beer taps and better-than-usual food in your own lounge room.

  • Pick a bunch of shared dishes from the day’s menu on the wall. Order some wine with help from the switched-on staff. The format’s simple, but as we’ve come to expect from Andrew McConnell’s restaurants, everything is just right.

  • A Brunswick Street bar wholly dedicated to rum.

  • Previously known as The Rochester Castle this place has never lost its party pub reputation. DJs own the place on weekends, but the menu of slick pub favourites means it’s equally suited for a quiet midweek feed. It also has plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from.

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  • This all-day diner serves the goods any time you need.

  • Under the stewardship of star chef Andrew McConnell, this classic bar and dining room in a heritage building feels as vital as ever. Throw back easy-drinking lagers and cocktails with a burger or the rotisserie of the day.

  • Ascend three flights of stairs to reach this convivial loft, where arched windows offer views of Collingwood. The bar menu offers refined snacks, while the slightly quieter restaurant serves heartier, modern Australian dishes of market fish, oysters and meaty share plates.

  • The best-named pub in town is focused squarely on two of Fitzroy’s biggest obsessions: live music and beer. There’s no kitchen or TV here, making it a no-frills hangout with good local tunes, lively conversation and many games of pool.

  • A good old late night bar sporting character in spades.

  • Take everything you think you know about tequila and shelve it.

  • Industry experts from Rockwell and Sons and Attica joined forces for this stylish drinking den. The best way to sample the changing dishes is through the set menu (don’t skip the sourdough flatbread). Plus, an extensive wine list offers everything from buzzy pét-nats to classic chardonnays.

  • An outdoor drinking spot in Fitzroy that’s more relaxed, and smaller, than its older sibling.

  • An archetypical inner-city pub in the back streets of Fitzroy.

  • Fitzroy is dense with community pubs, but The Standard commands one of the suburb’s fiercest followings. Rusted-on locals pack the all-weather beer garden (the owners claim it’s the biggest in Melbourne), and the exposed-brick front bar feels warm and lived in.

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  • Indie craft beers are king at this unpretentious bar and bottle shop. Visit for hazy and wild brews, plus decadent French dip sangas by permanent pop-up, Jolly Good Sandwiches.

  • If Johnny Cash and Nick Cave had a drink together in a Fitzroy bar it would probably be at The Commercial Club Hotel.

  • No cocktail shakers, no ice, and everything is served in the same wineglass. With some serious technique, the team wants to broaden our ideas of what a cocktail can be.

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  • The Sydney staple’s first Melbourne outpost is pouring wild ales, natural wines and sour Negronis. Come to the hybrid bottle shop and bar for beer-infused cocktails, Belgian lambics and a snack-driven menu.

  • Find classic Japanese snacks and party-friendly cocktails at this sprawling izakaya. Across two levels, go for karaage and gyoza alongside natural wines, cocktails made with Japanese whisky and Stomping Ground rice lager on tap.

  • This retro antipasti bar made a name for itself on Tiktok before it even opened. Come for its entirely-vegan menu that includes cheese fondue, an array of arancini, fun cocktails and lots of Abba. Stay for the ’70s aesthetic and good vibes.